Title – The Dead House
Author – Dawn Kurtagich
Goodreads Rating – 3.7
My Rating – 5
Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”
Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.
Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.
This book centers around Carly/Kaitlyn. Carly has DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), which is brought on by extreme trauma. In this Case, because of her parent’s death, but Carly claims Kaitlyn was around before then. You go through these novel reading transcripts, emails, police documents, carly and kaitlyns diary. You are essential reading everything that reads up to carly/kaitlyn taking her own life and others in a fiery blaze.
The writing is very amazing throughout this novel and you go a little nuts yourself trying to keep up with the events. Kaitlyn/Carly and all her friends think she is possessed, with some type of olen or demon is inside her and taken Carly away. You go through a series of events and you are essentially put into Carly’s mind. You see everything from her point fo view. You see very strange things happen to her along her journey, staring at walls, self-harming, killing, escaping a mental hospital. You see her essentially losing her mind, she is severely ill and needs help, but no one will get her back to the hospital.
This novel had me confused, amazed and downright chilled at moments. The Writing is so descriptive and has you feeling like you are right there in the room with all of them. It also gives you a glimpse of what it is like for someone with DID, Now I do not suffer from this Disorder, so I can not tell you if they rep is good or bad. (if you have read this novel, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments). If you are someone who loves mystery/horror type books, I highly recommend them.